Key resources and tools to enable health policy and systems research studies during the COVID-19 outbreak

"Health policy and systems research (HPSR) is an emerging field that seeks to understand and improve how societies organize themselves in achieving collective health goals, and how different actors interact in the policy and implementation processes to contribute to policy outcomes. By nature, it is inter-disciplinary, a blend of economics, sociology, anthropology, political science, public health and epidemiology that together draw a comprehensive picture of how health systems respond and adapt to health policies, and how health policies can shape − and be shaped by − health systems and the broader determinants of health." (WHO - What is Health Policy and Systems Research)

Are you considering conducting a health systems or policy study? If so, then please let us know what you have planned and if you need any support. Are you looking for groups to collaborate with? Do you want to let others know that you would like to collaborate with another group?

We want to support any team wanting to undertake a high-quality COVID-19 study in different settings, and especially in LMICs. We can help coordinate discussions and support your plans. We can also set up a forum for developing ideas and asking questions. Please get in touch and get involved!

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What support is available?

The WHO Essential Medicines and Health Products (EMP) Department works with countries to promote affordable access to quality, safe and effective medicines, vaccines, diagnostics and other medical devices.

The Advisory Group on Health Systems Research (HSR) Synthesis was established by the Alliance as a means of bringing together different stakeholders interested in HSR synthesis and its use in decision-making processes. The Advisory Group will play a central role in advancing the science of HSR synthesis and knowledge translation by developing and strengthening networks among individuals, groups, and institutions.

Launched by the Medical Research Council in 2013, the Health Systems Research Initiative (HRSI) aims to generate world class and cutting-edge research that addresses key questions on strengthening and improving health systems in developing countries. The initatiative is jointly funded by the Department of International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the MRC and Wellcome. Find out more about HSRI funding oppurtunities here.


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